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Bellamy, 24-year principal at Farragut High School, dies


A pillar of Farragut High School administration has died.

James W. Bellamy, who served 24 years as principal at FHS (1967-1990), died Wednesday, May 28, in St. Mary’s Medical Center.


Ed Hedgepeth, director of Secondary Instruction for Knox County Schools, followed Bellamy as FHS principal [1990-2004].

“He was always a gentleman, a tremendous person, a colleague to work alongside when I was at Bearden [as principal],” Hedgepeth said. “He was a great help to me when I first went to Farragut, to help me and support me and give me the little nuances and things that I needed to know to make my move and transition into Farragut High School a smooth one.

“He was always on the go, an extremely active mind, quick wit, loved history,” Hedgepeth added. “Always had a good story to tell.”

Born in Sevierville, Mr. Bellamy was a World War II veteran and graduate of Lincoln Memorial University. He earned a masters degree in history from The University of Tennessee.

As an educator, Mr. Bellamy was a former history teacher at Powell High School and a personnel supervisor for Knox County Schools.

Mr. Bellamy was inducted into LMU’s Literary Hall of Fame, having authored several publications.

The former veteran and educator is survived by his wife of 46 years, Anna.

 

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